‘Priest & Vampires’ – Exclusive Interview With Award Winner Writer Marianne de Pierres

To celebrate the release of Priest on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD, once again we had the honour of have a chat with our beloved friend, and award winner writer Marianne de Pierres (Parrish Plessis, Sentients of Orion) where she gave us her opinion about this new vampire fascination in the current generations.

SR. Why do you think is this fascination with Vampires lately, especially in movies and tv shows targeted for new generations, that probably don`t even know who Bela Lugosi was?

MDP. Vampires have never ceased to intrigue audiences but the last five to ten years has seen the emergence of the metrosexual vampire. The success of shows like True Blood and Twilight highlight the fact that, sometimes, we like our vamps to be conflicted and retain some of their humanity. That’s cool, but what is equally cool is a movie like Priest that comes along amid all this current vampire angst and gives us a totally alien, remorseless vamp who is out to survive at any cost. The lines are clear, and the battle is to the death.

The success of shows like True Blood and Twilight highlight the fact that, sometimes, we like our vamps to be conflicted and retain some of their humanity.

2) As a Writer, what would you say is the best adaptation from the original novel to a feature film?

MDP. That’s a pretty tough call. I try not to compare a text that has been translated across different creative platforms too closely. A movie is a species that lives and dies on its own merit, not because it compares well to the novel version, or the game version, or the TV series. You have to let it be free to be itself. I don’t see a lot of value in the comparison of oranges and mandarins.

3) Nowadays, the role of the women in vampire shows, books and movies seems to be different in relation to the past. What changes do you see there and why do you think authors are doing it?

MDP. I think women (female characters) are more present in novels and movies full stop. That therefore means they’ll also be more present in genres like vampire horror and romance. The truth is women are over half the population of the world and huge consumers of literature, TV and film. The commercial side of the industry has finally caught up with notion. I’d like to think it’s also a reflection of changing ideology and to some degree it is. Female audiences won’t put up with being invisible or underdone in entertainment anymore. And entertainment needs them to consume … or the industry would flounder.

4) Priest tries to move away from this “love story” vampire films like Twilight and tries to recover what ‘Blade’ tried to do, even touching some delicate religious topics. What do you think about this style of storytelling?

I think Priest succeeds at bringing some meaty subtext to its plot. It’s takes itself seriously and it has the emotional weight in the script and the acting to back it up. I love the way the movie examines what happens when faith is pitted against family. Who wins in that case? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out!

A movie is a species that lives and dies on its own merit, not because it compares well to the novel version

5) What is your forecast for the Vampire evolution in literature and arts in general?

Well …. Science Fiction writers can never resist a forecast – it’s wired into us! So my educated guess would be that it will stay popular but its subgenres will grow e.g.  Steampunk vampires, Western vampires. We’re heading into a period of storytelling where we will examine vampires in every possible context until we exhaust ourselves. The genre will rest for a bit then it will start again. ‘Cos, doncha know, vampires live a long, long time…’

Priest is now available on DVD and BluRay from December 23rd 2011